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Law - Rom 3:31 Do we make void the law through faith?

By Chuck Henry
rev. 8/24/2012


Rom 3:31

Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law.


Eph 2:15

Having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace.


Some may claim that they establish the law in the following ways: 1) by recognizing that it existed, 2) by including things about it in their preaching, and so on; even though they also say that the law has been abolished in Ephesians 2:15.


Can it be both established and abolished?


The Greek word translated abolished in Ephesians 2:15 is the same Greek word translated as make void in Romans 3:31.


That word is Strong’s 2673, katargeo:


2673. katargeo, kat-arg-eh'-o; from G2596 and G691; to be (render) entirely idle (useless), lit. or fig.

Translated in the KJV as follows:--abolish, cease, cumber, deliver, destroy, do away, become (make) of no (none, without) effect, fail, loose, bring (come) to nought, put away (down), vanish away, make void.


How can it be that the law is not made void (katargeo), but is established in Romans 3:31, and yet it is abolished (katargeo) in Ephesians 2:15? Obviously, it has to be either established or abolished. It can’t be both.


What was abolished in Ephesians 2:15 was the man-made law of commandments contained in ordinances that caused enmity between Jew and Gentile. This had nothing whatsoever to do with any of Yahweh’s righteous laws, statutes, and judgments, which included laws of kindness and love toward the stranger.


So, to repeat the question in Romans 3:31, “Do we then make void the law through faith?” The answer that Paul then gave to his own question is: “Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law.”


By the very act of repentance from sin (turning away from breaking Yahweh’s Law), we establish, not abolish, the law through faith.